Veterans Park in Lexington has its share of legacy. The legacy of the veterans to which the park is dedicated. The 300-year-old mighty oak tree that has awed countless visitors. And maybe one day the legacy of being the first of many great in-town mountain bike trails in the city. The project is the result of years of planning and coordination, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) partnering with Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KyMBA) Bluegrass Chapter to make this long time vision a reality.
After some hiccups, LFUCG is ready to award the contract to have approximately four miles of singletrack trail, ranging from beginner to advanced level, built at Veterans Park. KyMBA, for its part, designed and flagged the trail and will provide the volunteers to clear the corridor for the machine builders to follow and will then come in afterward to do the hand finishing.
Bluegrass KyMBA has a solid grasp on sustainable (and fun) trail design, having put in a great deal of work at nearby trail systems in Georgetown and Frankfort. It’s time though, that the good folks of Lexington had some trail in their own back yards. Those other two favorite spots are each a 30-40 minute drive away. We’re big fans of close-to-home trails that make it easy to hop on your bike after work and that introduce new riders to our great sport.
In addition to our staple Saturday Trailbuilding School, we did a land manager training session which was very well attended by staff from LFUCG Parks and Recreation Department, along with folks from the National Forest Service, Kentucky State Parks, Eastern Kentucky University, City of Somerset, and the Equine Land Conservation Resource. It was great to see LFUCG so supportive and invested in putting trails in at Veterans Park. They realize the value such a resource brings to a community. We even had a couple of staff members, Mark Morgan and Chris Cooperrider, show up for our work project, digging in the dirt alongside KyMBA folks and other community members.
Soon, there will be a mountain biking trail in Lexington. It will draw families, kids, folks just getting used to riding off-road, and shredders looking for a good ride close to home. Maybe a few disc golfers will get on their bikes too. That giant 300-year-old oak tree will soon have a few more stories to tell.